2" Fossil Pterosaur (Pteranodon) Bone Section - Kansas

This is a 2" wide bone section of Pteranodon longiceps, from the Smokey Hill Chalk in Kansas. It's fairly deformed from the preservation process, making it difficult to identify.

Pteranodon is a genus of pterosaurs which included some of the largest known flying reptiles, with wingspans over 6 meters (20 ft). They lived during the late Cretaceous of North America in present-day Kansas, Alabama, Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Pteranodon were pterosaurs, not dinosaurs. The pteranodon was designated as the official Kansas state flying fossil in 2014.

An artists rendition of a flying Pteranodon.  By Nobu Tamura (www.palaeocritti.com)
An artists rendition of a flying Pteranodon. By Nobu Tamura (www.palaeocritti.com)

A reconstructed Pteranodon skeleton.
A reconstructed Pteranodon skeleton.

The Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobrara Chalk formation is a Cretaceous conservation Lagerstätte, or fossil rich geological formation, known primarily for its exceptionally well-preserved marine reptiles. It outcrops in parts of northwest Kansas, its most famous localities for fossils, and in southeastern Nebraska. Large well-known fossils excavated from the Smoky Hill Chalk include marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, large bony fish such as Xiphactinus, mosasaurs, pterosaurs, and turtles.
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SPECIES
Pteranodon longiceps
LOCATION
Western Kansas
FORMATION
Niobrara Formation, Smoky Hill Chalk
SIZE
2" wide
ITEM
#127878
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